Detroit center Eli Holman has been placed on a leave of absence from the team, the school announced Tuesday evening.
Holman, one of the best big men in the mid-major ranks, averaged 11.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game last season for the Titans. He was one of five double-figure scorers for Detroit, which went 10-8 in the Horizon. Holman earned second team all-conference honors last season, as well as an all-defensive team nod. Expected to take another step forward this season, The Sporting News pegged him as the preseason Player of the Year in the conference.
His prospects for the season seem unclear at this point, though.
“We have been working with Eli Holman for some time to assist him in addressing his personal matters,” Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Keri Gaither said in a statement.
“At this time, we feel it is in Eli’s best interest to step away from basketball to allow him to concentrate on these matters. He has been excused from all team-related activity for an indefinite period while actively addressing these issues.”
Holman, a 6-foot-10 California native, played six games at Indiana during the 2007-08 season before injuring his wrist. He then transferred to Detroit, where he helped lead the Titans to a 13-win improvement from 2009 to 2010. Holman and sophomore guard Ray McCallum were expected to form one of the best inside-outside combos in the league this season, with Detroit even picked to win the league over Butler by at least media outlet.
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